Japanese automakers came out on top in Consumer Reports' reliability survey.  However, they faced some stiff competition.  

The just-released survey had the 2014 Suburu Forester SUV as the most reliable new car you can buy.

To find out which cars are least likely to give you trouble, Consumer Reports asked subscribers if they'd had any serious problems in the last year.

"We gathered responses one 1.1 million cars, and we used that huge sampling of data to predict how well new cars that are now on sale will hold up," said Consumer Reports' Rik Paul.

Lexus, Toyota and Acura took the top three spots.  But the survey showed something new this year. European and American manufacturers moved up in rankings.

Audi came in fourth place, making it the most reliable European brand. Volvo jumped to number seven.

GMC, with SUVs like the Acadia, was named the top American brand at number nine.

"Ford and Lincoln have had trouble with the MyTouch infotainment system for the past two years," Paul said. "Our survey found that complaints went down after Ford updated the system, but the rate of problems is still too high."

Overall, Ford ended up near the bottom o the new car reliability rankings.   At the very bottom: cars from Mini hada the most problems in the survey.

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